Bowling Green and Clyst viewpoint

The adult Bonaparte's Gull appeared briefly from the viewpoint at 4.30, before flying off to feed in the newly-sown fields across the Clyst. A single Avocet was on the Exe Estuary. The female-type Marsh Harrier appeared several times at Bowling Green Marsh, where there were 4 Ruff, 8 Knot, parties of Whimbrel totalling about 50, most of which continued up the Clyst Valley and maybe 300 Black-tailed Godwits. Ducks included, small numbers of Teal and Wigeon, a Shoveler, a pair of Pochard and 14 Tufted Ducks. Also notable was a total of well over 200 Shelduck in the area and lots of Stock Dove sightings, especially in the bare fields. Two or three first summer Mediterranean Gulls moved upriver. At Goosemoor there were 24 Greenshanks at high tide and a Common Sandpiper along the river.

Bonaparte's Gull Clyst Estuary Marsh Harrier 

Bonaparte's Gull                                    Marsh Harrier                                      Stock Dove

Posted April 28th, 2018 at 8:47 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding